Monthly Archives: February 2011
|February 17, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Drug and Alcohol, Health||
Based on analysis of financial healthcare data from 1986-2005, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) concluded that spending for mental health and substance abuse grew at a slower rate than spending in other areas of healthcare. During the study time period, substance abuse spending increased 4.8 percent, mental health spending increased 6.9 percent, and all healthcare spending increased 7.9 percent, annually.
Other key findings: the majority of behavioral health services, including mental health (58 percent) and substance abuse (79 percent) are publicly funded as opposed to less than half (48 percent) of general healthcare; and spending on psychiatric medications declined due to fewer new users and the increased availability of less expensive medications.
The study, entitled National Expenditures for Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Treatment, 1986 – 2005 is available at the SAMHSA web site.
|February 14, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Federal Government, Health, Program Model, Research, Technology|
Last week, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) debuted a web portal that provides indicator data on health and healthcare. The Health Indicators Warehouse houses over 1200 health and healthcare indicators from over 170 data sources as well as profiles, rankings, quality measures and utilization reports. According to the HHS announcement, the website will also support automated data services through application programming interfaces or APIs.
If your duties include policy analysis, program development, needs assessment, training or grant and/or proposal writing this is an excellent resource for data ranging from illness prevalence, to risk factors, to socioeconomic status.
Visit, play, bookmark.
|February 10, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Federal Government, News||
According to the article, Food stamp rolls reach historic levels by Pamela M. Prah at the Stateline.org website, the years of the “great recession” have seen a nationwide increase of participation in the food stamp program. Data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) show the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program (no longer providing actual stamps rather a debit-style card) operating at a 66 percent participation rate nationally with individual state participation rates ranging from 46 to 93 percent. Rates increased in several states over the past year, including Pennsylvania, where the state food stamp usage increased 11 percent between November 2009 and November 2010
Currently, SNAP assists over 43.6 million people – including children – in the United States.
While the economy appears to be slowly rebounding, and hiring by nonprofits is beginning to pick up once again, the impact of the recession continues to be felt by families across Pennsylvania and the nation. It may take years for some families to recover from the fiscal setbacks incurred during these many months.